Ars Celtica – Celtic Knotwork Art & Design

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I always thought that I’d be a writer. It was a bit of a shock when, sometime in the middle 1970’s, I realized that I was spending all my time making pictures. For the most part I’ve been doing that ever since.
During the early days of tabletop role-playing games I illustrated magazines, games, and gaming accessories for The Dragon, Alarums & Excursions, Wee Warriors, and Dave Hargrave’s Arduin. Still a teenager, I did all of this work under the pen name Morno…..

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  • Silver Pentacle Stickers
    Silver Pentacle Stickers
    $7.60

    I've done two treatments of the pentacle, one gold, and the other silver; each one is essentially the same except for its palette.

    There are eighteen "gripping beast" dragons - ten in the circle, eight in the corners - with several panels of interlaced bands - and of course the pentacle itself is here turned into a knotwork design.
  • Pale Triskele Magnet
    Pale Triskele Magnet
    $5.10

    A three-armed spiral of ancient design, the triskele eventually became the symbol of the Isle of Man. Whatever its origin, it's a Celtic symbol from antiquity.

    They've been carved on stones and cast as jewelry all across Europe and the British Isles.
  • Triskelion Round Magnet
    Triskelion Round Magnet
    $5.10

    This three-armed spiral pattern called the Triskelion is surrounded by winding knotwork designs in a paneled, repeating pattern.
  • Celtic Cross Mug
    Celtic Cross Mug
    $16.85

    The shape of a Celtic cross is an interesting one - it's based on carved stone crosses which may originally have shown up in Scotland, and the typical ring around the cross seems to have been invented to make the arms of the cross stronger. They were building for the long term in those days.

    You can contemplate that for as long as you like with this cozy mug.
  • Celtic Art Cats Mug
    Celtic Art Cats Mug
    $17.90

    If only cats had opposable thumbs. They'd assemble by moonlight to carve this mysterious Celtic design on the tombstone of the King of the Cats.

    Since they can't hold a chisel, you can carry this for them; they'll bring you mice.

    A colorful Celtic knotwork design of interwoven cats who are probably up to something. They'll be hoping you're too taken with their interlaced legs to notice.
  • Sun Horse, Moon Horse Mug
    Sun Horse, Moon Horse Mug
    $17.90

    "Sun Horse, Moon Horse" is a colorful and detailed celtic design of two winged horses - one for the Sun, one for the Moon. Knotwork designs surround and include them, with other intricate borders appearing on their bodies.
  • Celtic Art Calendar
    Celtic Art Calendar
    $24.25

    Twelve months of complex, intertwining patterns and symbols in Celtic knotwork designs by Bradley W. Schenck; available from The Celtic Art Works, at HTTP://SHOP.WEBOMATOR.COM/CELTIC-ART-WORKS.
  • Celtic Trees Design Business Cards
    Celtic Trees Design Business Cards
    $38.95

    Subtle greens and browns form this Celtic knotwork design of interwoven trees, rooted on a bold Celtic knot and enclosed by a repeating border design.

    Just enter your own name and other information in the provided text fields, or click "Customize It" to move, resize and recolor the text.
  • Sun Horse, Moon Horse Business Cards
    Sun Horse, Moon Horse Business Cards
    $38.95

    "Sun Horse, Moon Horse" is a colorful and detailed celtic design of two winged horses - one for the Sun, one for the Moon. Knotwork designs surround and include them, with other intricate borders appearing on their bodies.

    Just enter your own name and other information in the provided text fields, or click "Customize It" to move, resize and recolor the text.
  • Dark Triskele Stickers
    Dark Triskele Stickers
    $7.60

    A three-armed spiral of ancient design, the triskele eventually became the symbol of the Isle of Man. Whatever its origin, it's a Celtic symbol from antiquity. And now it sticks to things, courtesy of... you.
  • Illuminated Celtic Cross Poster (18x24")
    Illuminated Celtic Cross Poster (18x24")
    $28.95

    I'd been meaning to do a Celtic Cross for years - at least since I did my knotwork pentacles - but until I started noodling around with this one I never cared for the layouts I came up with. The design uses three of the knotwork patterns I designed for my book Celtic Knotwork Borders in Repeating Sections and I'm not sure whether that was partly a proof of concept, or whether I just saw ways to use the patterns I was working on. Either way, I finally did a cross as my way of offering equal time. The shape of a Celtic cross is an interesting one - it's based on carved stone crosses which may originally have shown up in Scotland, and the typical ring around the cross seems to have been invented to make the arms of the cross stronger. They were building for the long term in those days.
  • Celtic Dragon Button
    Celtic Dragon Button
    $4.40

    We need a bigger boat.

    No knotwork border is likely to hold this dragon back, or pen it in. If we're really lucky it'll turn out to be one of those wise, thoughtful dragons.
  • Celtic Knot Button
    Celtic Knot Button
    $4.40

    A bold circular Celtic knot pattern is circled by a continuous design of colorful spirals.
  • Irish Harp Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    Irish Harp Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    $19.40

    The Clairseach (or Clarsach, in Scotland) is the wire-strung Celtic harp of the British Isles and Brittany - its brass or bronze strings ring with a clear, bell-like, sustaining tone. We're talking magic time, here.
  • Celtic Dragon Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    Celtic Dragon Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    $19.40

    We need a bigger boat. No knotwork border is likely to hold this dragon back, or pen it in. If we're really lucky it'll turn out to be one of those wise, thoughtful dragons.
  • Thor's Hammer Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    Thor's Hammer Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    $19.40

    Here we have Mjolnir, Thor's hammer, composed of intricate knotwork like an ancient piece of jewelry; including two serpents, who remind us of Jormungandr, the Midgard Serpent, whose fate was entwined with Thor's.
  • Morno's Dice of Fate Calendar
    Morno's Dice of Fate Calendar
    $24.25

    So if it’s 1975, and you hand a teenager a woodgrain boxed edition of Dungeons & Dragons along with a stack of paper and some pens, well, you just sit back and see what happens. Here’s what happened to me. I turned into Morno. From right around 1975 to sometime in 1978 I drew illustrations for some of the earliest D&D supplements, modules and fanzines, and even had one cover and two illustrated stories in TSR’s own The Dragon magazine. I also did some of the covers and illustrations for Dave Hargrave’s Arduin rules sets and for a great many products, some peculiar in retrospect, for Wee Warriors; that included the first commercial D&D character sheets and the very first module for the game (Palace of the Vampire Queen). There’s a huge, long and complex history of those products that I frankly don’t remember very well after all this time. But in this age of eBay and the Web it’s not too hard to ferret that history out. People actually collect these things now, and you have no idea how old and crotchety that makes me feel.
  • Silver Knotwork Pentacle Mug
    Silver Knotwork Pentacle Mug
    $16.85

    I've done two treatments of the pentacle, one gold, and the other silver; each one is essentially the same except for its palette.

    There are eighteen "gripping beast" dragons - ten in the circle, eight in the corners - with several panels of interlaced bands - and of course the pentacle itself is here turned into a knotwork design.
  • Triskelion  Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    Triskelion Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    $19.40

    This three-armed spiral pattern called the Triskelion is surrounded by winding knotwork designs in a circular ring.
  • Knotwork Biohazard Stickers
    Knotwork Biohazard Stickers
    $7.60

    The ultimate statement of, well, something. Something dangerous, but weirdly attractive. Something complicated and just a little twisted. If you're it, you ought to bear the label. It's only fair.

    Okay. There's no obvious relationship between the biohazard symbol and Celtic art. This is one of a series of designs that take modern, recognizable symbols and recreate them using Celtic knotwork.
  • Dark Triskele Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    Dark Triskele Pendant/Ornament Ceramic Ornament
    $19.40

    A three-armed spiral of ancient design, the triskele eventually became the symbol of the Isle of Man. Whatever its origin, it's a Celtic symbol from antiquity. They've been carved on stones and cast as jewelry all across Europe and the British Isles.
  • Irish Harp Business Cards, Style 1, Horizontal Business Card
    Irish Harp Business Cards, Style 1, Horizontal Business Card
    $38.95

    The Irish harp shown here is strung with wire, but few will object even if your strings are nylon or gut.

    Just enter your own name and other information in the provided text fields, or click "Customize It" to move, resize and recolor the text.
  • Dark Triskele Business Cards
    Dark Triskele Business Cards
    $38.95

    A three-armed spiral of ancient design, the triskele eventually became the symbol of the Isle of Man. Whatever its origin, it's a Celtic symbol from antiquity.

    Just enter your own name and other information in the provided text fields, or click "Customize It" to move, resize and recolor the text.
  • Viking's Business Cards
    Viking's Business Cards
    $38.95

    In the hectic world of today's mercenary adventurer it can be hard to keep in touch with all your contacts - that Hrolf Ganger is always on the move, and the eunuchs at Miklagard never keep the same job for long. So a forward-thinking Viking will make sure to leave his contact information at every opportunity, all across Europe, North Africa, and even out in Vinland.

    Just enter your own name and other information in the provided text fields, or click "Customize It" to move, resize and recolor the text.
  • Knotwork Labrys Stickers
    Knotwork Labrys Stickers
    $7.60

    Favored by Cretan despots and warrior princesses alike - the moon-shaped, double bladed axe called the Labrys has been adopted by tribe after tribe. This would be your chance to adopt one today.

    It's a symbol - variously, & depending on who you ask - of Minos' House of the Axe at Knossos, Poseidon, the Good Goddess, and both poetry groups and softball teams throughout the ancient Mediterrainean.
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